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Startup Saturday: 10 Businesses You Can Launch This Weekend On A Shoestring Budget

[ 0 ] Aug. 3, 2013 | SBO Editor

Want to test the entrepreneurial waters with a business of your own and Be Your Own Boss? You don’t need a lot of money and you don’t need a lot of experience. Check out these 10 businesses you can start this weekend for $100 or less!

Errand Service—If you’re organized and detail oriented, start an errand service helping small businesses, biz owners, harried single parents and just about anyone else get things done.

Lawns and Landscapes—Start your own lawn cutting, weed cleanup, plant service. Call other businesses in your area that offer these services and see what they charge. Develop your plan of action.

Garage Cleaning & Organizing—Clean a few garages in your area and positive word-of-mouth will carry you all the way to the bank.

Sell Goods Online—Don’t think you can’t make a mint doing this. You just need to follow through. Be a good seller, develop great feedback and ship right away. Look around you. There are great things to sell. Visit eBay.com and start doing research.

Concierge Service—Contact local businesses, community groups and other organizations. Ask if they could benefit from hiring you as there “sometimes” concierge. You’d help the senior citizens group get a bus and tickets to a play; you’d book airline trips and vacations for busy executives; you’d help the local literary club plan an outing to a historic site.

Buy Wholesale—Develop a product that people want and start saturating the marketplace—or the local flea market with it. Go online and do a search for products you can buy at wholesale prices and sell at a nice profit.

Mail Order—You can start your own mail order business. Find a product and start selling. Place ads.

Junk Removal—A lot of people have junk and “stuff” in their homes and yards but can’t cart it away. They don’t have a pickup or the discipline to get the job done. You can do it for them. Call the local dump/recycling center and set up a schedule for pickups, etc.

Parking Lot Pickup—You contact local businesses and offer to clean their parking lots at night/weekends. Charge for the lot or by the hour. All you need is a broom and some garbage bags to get started.

Start A Website Biz—Go online and start learning how to develop your own website. Once you have it, you can sell things from it or just run interesting information and carry ads from others. If you can build a great audience, businesses will want to advertise on your site.

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